First Plane Crash In Nigeria, April 1942

Site of first plane crash in Nigeria
Site of first plane crash in Nigeria

The first plane crash in Nigeria occurred on the 12th of April, 1942 about 8:15pm on a hill (Igbo Ilapa) in the serene and rustic town of Ikogosi, Ekiti State, the same town that houses the popular tourist attraction where warm and cold spring co-existed on a spot. It was during the 2nd world war, the cargo plane was carrying arms and ammunition which included explosives that kept exploding hours after the crash. This set the whole of Igbo Ilapa now called Igbo Baalu (forest of aeroplane) on fire and destroyed everything that was existing there. It was said that the pilot, with great effort, maneuvered the plane to crash on the forest-cloaked-hill instead of the quiet town which would have left many people dead and properties destroyed. Till this moment, two hole riddled engines and other body parts of the plane still lies on the hill.

 

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